Dunham has accomplished a lot during her twenties, including creating and starring in the hit HBO series “Girls.” While she’s leery of Hollywood ageism, Lena says she’s excited to enter a new decade.
“I am so excited about turning 30,” Dunham told Harper’s Bazaar. “I’m psyched because I think being in your 20s—especially as a woman—there’s an inherent tension.
“Ageism exists in all directions, but it isn’t the sweet spot for being taken seriously in the workplace. I’ve been really lucky. I got to do a lot of things before I was 30 that most people don’t.”
Looking back, Lena is grateful she was able to accomplish so much despite not looking like a cookie-cutter sexy Hollywood ingenue.
“I think women, when they’re given an opportunity are so afraid it’s going to disappear,” said Dunham, whose hit show Girls has won numerous Emmy Awards. “That was my 20s. I was like ‘This may never strike again.”
Lena continued: “I’m a kind of weird-looking girl, with a very specific voice, and the fact that I get to have a job is insane. I’m just as excited for my experience and my age to catch up with each other.”
In addition to a successful TV show, Dunham wrote a best-selling memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine.
While Lena has been brutally fat-shamed for showing her 150-pound nude body on “Girls,” she’s glad to send a message about self-acceptance. Dunham does not believe in starvation diets, and has no desire to be a size zero.
However, Lena recently took up running, saying it helps manage her depression, anxiety and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). The former couch potato said the endorphin rush you get from cardio exercise is real and she now loves running not just for weight loss, but for its other health benefits, Examiner reported.
“As you age, you have to move,” said Lena, who partially follows a gluten-free diet. “You have to move so you don’t die. You have to move so your brain doesn’t atrophy. You have to move so that you look a little bit like a person that you might want to be.”
The “Girls” star also does yoga and works out with Tracy Anderson, who trains Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. Dunham’s workouts with Anderson combine cardio with light weightlifting and Pilates-style moves.
Lena said the Tracy Anderson Method workouts for helping her fit into size small yoga pants. Anderson recently released several new workout videos, including Mat Workout for Beginners, and Cardio Dance for Beginners.
Tracy, who lost 30 pounds just 6 weeks after giving birth to her second child, says women should strive for long, lean muscles that can only come from lifting light weights (three pounds maximum) at high repetitions.
Lena, who’s 5-foot-3 and weighs 150 pounds, has learned to embrace her curves after years of struggling with weight and being fat-shamed. “I stopped weighing myself three years ago because it doesn’t matter!” said Dunham.
Lena continued: “I went through a phase where it was like, one pound up and my day was horrible; two pounds down and I was queen of the world. It was just a ridiculous code. There is no reason why you ever need to be getting a scale or measuring your value by a scale.”